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Old 11-14-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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Our first trip with the '78 Trillium

Mary and I started our first big trip with the recently purchased '78 13 foot Trillium by traveling from Lansing, MI to Brown County, IN State Park to take part in a rally. Three other couples were there and we all enjoyed the get together with pleasant weather and a nice “pitch-in” on Saturday night.

We then headed south and west. We were winging it from here on out, with the goal of getting to Albuquerque, NM within a week or so. Mary has a sister who lives there and has room for our Trillium. We decided to route ourselves on non-expressway roads as much as possible - partly because the Subaru Outback likes about 59 mph pulling the Trillium, and partly because we have made the trip numerous times on interstates and wanted a change of pace.

We ended up picking up US 70 west of Little Rock, AR and followed it all the way to Clovis, NM. We spent nights in KY Dam State Resort Park, North Little Rock (very nice city campground), Lake Texoma, OK State Resort Park, Vernon, TX (private cg), Clovis, NM (private cg), Mountainair, NM State Park, and San Antonio, NM (private cg).
En route we stopped for a visit to Hot Springs, AR National Park, and to my favorite National Wildlife Refuge - Bosque Del Apache, near San Antonio, NM. This refuge is the wintering grounds for nearly 20,000 Sandhill Cranes and 4 or 5 times that many snow geese. We were a little early, as just a few thousand birds had arrived when we visited.

The trip was a good “shake-down” for us. We discovered that we may want to replace the transformer, as when plugged in at a campground, it provides only 10 amps service. Our little electric heater was too much for it, and I had to direct plug in to the source for cold evenings. We did use the propane heater once...seemed to work fine. But, the next time, only the pilot would burn. I've since learned that I wasn't following the lighting procedure exactly, so I think the furnace is ok.

We did all our cooking outside on a Coleman two-burner with propane adapter; worked well except at high altitude.

The only mishap was my faulty double-check of hitch-up on departure from a campground early on. The camper jumped off before we got out of camp. No damage, but scared the 'bleep' out of us. I now double/triple check the hookup!

We love the Trillium and the camping lifestyle it provides this time of year, and are already planning our next big trip. We left the Trillium in ABQ, so now we have to go back to get it. Plan to leave in early February, spend some more time in NM and AZ, then work our way back to MI via TX.
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:08 PM   #2
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Seems like you found some nice places to stay and see. Here are some neat places in NM and AZ if you have not noticed them on the forum yet.

Texas State Parks are really nice:
South Llano River State Park adjoins Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area, south of Junction is great as is Pedernales Falls State Park in Blanco County east of Johnson City. We have been to both.

Balmorhea State Park is located in the foothills of the Davis Mountains southwest of Balmorhea and nearby Davis Mountains State Park (along with the famous Big Bend Nat'l Park) are very nice places and one could spend a long time at each. Been to all except Davis, but it is nice areas, be sure to visit the old Ft. Davis a nice place to see.

Goose Island State Park, surrounded by the St. Charles and Aransas Bays, is located north of Rockport & near Freeport in Aransas County. Nice area by the Gulf of Mexico. I want to do this one someday.

Mustang Island State Park with about 5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Nueces County, south of Port Aransas. We liked this one for the beach.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park southwest of Mathis was a nice one. But not very close to Corpus.

Goliad State Park is located by Goliad with a nice campground on the San Antonio River. (a lot of Texas History in this area, some from same time as the famous Alamo fight: ) Been to it and would go back.

Falcon State Park is located north of Roma at the southern end of the International Falcon Reservoir in Starr and Zapata Counties. A lot of snow birds winter in this area.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park is located east of Mineral Wells in Parker County. I would like to visit it someday.

Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site is located west of Comstock near Langtry in Val Verde County. I have this one on my to see list someday. We have stopped at the Langtry Visitor Center. I love the history of the area.

Monahans Sandhills State Park is about a half-hour's drive west of Odessa. A neat place.
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Old 11-15-2008, 11:13 AM   #3
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I love those photos. I see you just became a member in Sept. 2008. Your Trillium is a real "Beauty" When and where did you guys find it? I found my 1978 Trillium 4500 Deluxe in Williamston, MI in the "Wheeler Dealer". My wife, son , schnoodle, and I did our last camping trip at Sleepy Hollow State Park for their Annual Holloween Get-Together October 11,12,13th. It is a blast! I hope we can cross paths next season. For the 6 years we have owned our Trillium, we have'nt even once ran into another Trillium owner on the road or at any campground.
We live in Howell, MI about 20 minutes from you. Our phone number is (517) 552-7203.
Hope to talk to you soon


"The Trillium King"

P.S. I owed 3 Trillium's at once last year...if you are wondering
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:59 AM   #4
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Hi: Dave and Marv and any other "Glass Michiganders" Been thinking about a trip to Frankenmuth for some spring camping/shoping/eating. Don't know where or when??? We'll talk more about it!!!
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